Possible Causes of Flat Feet

People who have flat feet are aware of the absence of an arch in their feet. It is easily noticed when the entire foot lies flat on the floor while standing. Patients who have flat feet may find their feet are achy, and it may be difficult to walk for long periods of time. This condition may develop for a variety of reasons. These can consist of genetic traits, obesity, or gradual weight gain that can come from pregnancy. Mild relief may be found when insoles are worn, and specific foot exercises are frequently performed that can help to strengthen the entire foot. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to help correct this ailment. If you were born with flat feet, or have developed this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Canonsburg and McMurray, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Flat Feet

Connect With Us